Botswana Prez in 'Freak Accident' —With Cheetah
Ian Khama needed 2 stitches after animal claws him
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2013 1:15 AM CDT
Updated Apr 30, 2013 2:05 AM CDT
Botswana President Seretse Ian Khama speaks during an interview with the Associated Press last week.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

(Newser) – Peaceful, prosperous, and lightly populated Botswana rarely makes international news—until its president gets clawed in the face by a cheetah. Officials in the African nation say Ian Khama needed two stitches to his nose after the "overexcited" animal kept at an army barracks jumped up and clawed him when he was just outside the its enclosure. It was "a freak accident, not an attack," a spokesman for the president tells the AP, adding that it all happened very fast.

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Apr 30, 2013 5:47 AM CDT
He didn't have his sketchers on!
Apr 30, 2013 3:40 AM CDT
I can see why he wants to insist it was a freak accident. It would be disaster for any politician if an animal didn't like them. On second thought he got a trust worthy face and it's not like no one ever got scratched by a cat before. Hope he doesn't go back and tries to make friends.
Apr 30, 2013 1:37 AM CDT
yeah, "overexcited".. how about the wild animal was fed up with being caged and taunted around like a pet haha he had it coming!